I don’t want to be hypocrite, breaking the wall of becoming a freelancer is not easy as you want to have it quick. There is no easy way. What makes it difficult is to get your first job or project; but once you are already there and you have build your profile as a freelancer- that will make things easier.
I can say that there are simple task and difficult task. And the most important thing, you need to be the jack of all trade. When I got my first job in Upwork it’s like breaking the wall. It took me 4 months to get the first job with a very small pay! Yes, with a very small pay, not even worth the time I spent in doing the job and snitching my time between my kids and doing the task; I read an ebook about real estate and write questions and answers without plagiarism. I made 40 questions and answers a day with only 0.04USD per question. I didn’t work full time; I have to take care of my eldest son so , I need to balance my time as a mother and delivering quality output to my client. What keeps me going at that time was not the pay, it was the privilege to do my first project and I love what I am doing. Why I am saying this? Because being a freelancer- the most important thing you need to have are:
“The 2 P’s and the 3 L’s”
The internet world is composed of many freelancers from all over the world. The competition is very tight as skills. But, once you already have profile in websites such as Upwork or any websites, you have free slots to bid as many as you are willing to go through sending your proposal to every job post that you think you can do.
Make the most of your time in bidding and never give up until you get the first job. When I tried to break the wall of my freelancing career, I did not stop bidding because I want to have a job, I want to earn on my own while taking care of my kids. My husband is an overseas worker so, I need to be the mother and the father of my kids while he is not around. When all I do was taking care of my first born son, I missed spending my own money without my husband handing me his hard earned money. I wanted to empower myself as a woman, mother and a wife. So, I kept on bidding whatever I thought my work experienced in the office and skills would be relevant to the job.
3. BEING POSITIVE
Being positive that even how many times you bid, you still have that positive attitude that you could have your first job . When I bid in projects I always speak to myself; I am unique, someone will hire me. Believe in your skills, explore and learn more to enhance it. In bisaya I say it “pabaga ug nawong” No guts no glory!
3. WILLING TO LEARN
Online work needs you to learn a lot of things even in the expense of your own research. Almost everything can be searched in the internet. Google things that you want to learn. Always remember “Knowledge is Power”
4. LOVE IN EVERYTHING YOU DO
The love of the work is very important because this will make you successful; this is where you get perseverance. When you love what you are doing it will take you to success and make your brain work more on how to improve yourself and your skills.
5. Trust in Lord
Believe it or not my first $3.6/hour project. I have prayed and worked hard for it. I woke up 12am, kneel down and pray, because I believe, God will provide. And luckily a very good client hired me as researcher, he molded my skills in writing and research. I gained more confidence in myself and that was the starting of my breakthrough as a freelancer. Now, I am very thankful to be one of those who have “Top Rated” badge in Upwork.
This all for now! 🙂 When you feel like quitting always remember “the 2 P’s and 3 L’s “
And if you are willing to do whatever it takes. Then you are ready to do the techniques with skills. See you in the next article.